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Frequently Asked Questions about the St. Jude Retreats

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Here are some common questions. Please let us know what others you have. We are here to help.

What is the cost of your program?

Regardless of your financial situation the St. Jude Retreats has a program for you. Pricing varies depending upon length of stay and which retreat is chosen. Please call our toll free number for current cost information

Do you have financing available?

There are some affordable financing options available through M-Lend Financing and other leading finance companies. See our Financing Options or please give us a call for more information.

Are my records truly private and confidential?

Any substance abuse treatment program that accepts medical insurance, that receives any local, state or federal funding, or that falls under any state regulatory agencies for addiction treatment providers must keep medical records of each patient and make them accessible to any government agency, prospective employer, or insurance company upon request. The St Jude Retreats does not participate in government funding programs, does not work with health insurance companies and as a social-educational program is not subject to the state regulatory agency requirements for drug treatment providers. We have maintained this independent status specifically so we can keep your records private

Where are you located?

Currently we have three St. Jude Retreats. Please call for locations. People come from all over the country and world to attend our unique and successful program. When you call, ask about assistance with travel arrangements, tours of our locations, and also our Family Liaison Services

How long is your program?

The standard St. Jude Program is six weeks in length. We also offer a four week accelerated program option at our Executive Retreat. If you or your loved one feels you need a longer program, are limited to a shorter length of stay by work constraints or are mandated to a certain program length, we offer personalized program options that can fit your needs. Please contact us and we will work to build a solution that works best for you.

Do you offer detox services?

Yes, we work with Gallus Detox Centers. We chose Gallus Detox because no other detox center in the country offers a medical method of detox like theirs. We can also arrange detox services in your area, as well. Please call for information regarding detoxification or click here for more information.

My Son / Daughter / Loved one is attending School / College. how can you help?

Our full time career and academic advisor will work directly with the school or college to either get your son or daughter's curriculum sent to St. Jude's or get the work load deferred so you do not lose their college tuition. We also have a team of certified teachers to assist your son or daughter get through this difficult time. Do not hesitate to help your child based on the fear that their education will suffer. Remember thatshould they attend high school or college with no solution to their drug or alcohol problems, their schooling is sure to suffer. We can teach your son and daughter how to avoid this unnecessary situation while learning the skills to remain sober for a lifetime!

Do you have an Interventionist or offer Intervention services?

We understand that sometimes approaching your loved one about a drug or alcohol problem can be half the battle. While pop television shows may glamorize traditional, confrontational type interventions, research has shown this methodology to be ineffective and often has the detrimental effect of pushing your loved one even farther away from the help they need. But there is a solution. The St. Jude Retreats' Family Liaison is not a traditional interventionist, but rather a Program specialist whose mission is to assist you to effectively walk through the process of finding the help your loved one needs. Please call today for a free consultation. Please Click Here to Learn about our Intervention Services Alternative.

Do you have a program for family members?

Yes, for more information please access The St. Jude Family Program Page. In addition, St. Jude's offers a member only website called the St. Jude Corner to all families upon admission of their loved one to the St. Jude Program. Immediately upon booking a reservation, family member(s) will be emailed an invitation to login to the St. Jude Corner site. This site provides family members access to up-to-date program materials, a reading list, information about each retreat house including a listing of staff, meals, schedules, and social activities schedules. It also provides educational information written specifically for parents and family members. Sundays at the Retreats are Family Days and family and loved ones are welcome to visit. A family brunch is served Sunday mornings and a family dinner is served in the afternoon. We hope you can attend often.

Do you have aftercare or any kind of support after program completion?

Throughout the program guests build meaningful relationships with our Certified Program Presenters and Directors. After leaving the program many guests choose to maintain contact with program staff via phone, text, or email for a period of time as they implement the plan they developed while in the program. Many guests and their families find this especially helpful within the first few days, weeks and months after returning home. This service is provided at no additional cost and can last for as long as the guest and the family feel is necessary or desired. Additionally, within their first few days of attending the Saint Jude Program, each guest meets one-on-one with our Focus Electives Director to begin planning for their future. Research has shown that when changing any habit, it is most productive to be moving toward positive goals, which creates excitement and motivation, rather than focusing on moving away from a bad habit, which can create feelings of deprivation and anxiety. By beginning to envision their future after the program from the very first week, our guests start the process of changing immediately. Throughout this process, each guest will decide what, if any, aftercare or post-program services they feel could be beneficial as they make a personalized plan for their future success. Read More Here

Can you help with work or legal issues?

We have worked with law enforcement agencies and employers throughout the country. Upon your request we can provide enrollment letters, completion letters, drug screening results and any other information requested by law enforcement or an employer to help you to fulfill your obligations.

What is your success rate? How is it measured?

Periodically St. Jude invites an independent research organization to conduct a follow-up survey of our graduate population. A call is made to a random sampling of program graduates to inquire as to their sobriety status. Then a second phone call is made to a corroborating witness for each graduate, usually the person who provided the financial help for the guest to attend our program. Currently our success rate is 62%. Sober statistics are based on abstinence from all substances. While there are graduates who have successfully moderated their substance use and dramatically improved their lives, they still fall into the actively using category for the purposes of statistical analysis. In short, we do not bias results or fabricate data for promotional purposes as so many other programs do. Research our Success Rate

What are your credentials and are you licensed?

The St. Jude Retreats are regulated by the Department of Health and the Attorney General Charities Bureau. We are a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Our Directors, Assistant Directors and Instructors come from a variety of professional backgrounds including education, administration and mental health to name a few. All our instructors are (CBL) Certified (learn more about the certification process), the most stringent certification process in all of the substance use education field. The St. Jude Retreats offer a social/educational approach rather than a medical treatment program. All medical appointments are administered by licensed professionals off site, and transportation to and from these appointments is provided.

Is the St. Jude Program a Religious Program?

We understand that the St Jude name could lead people to believe that we are a religious organization offering a religious program, altough we are not. The St. Jude Program is not a religious program, nor do we teach people they must "find God" or spirituality to achieve sobriety as those programs have been shown to have much lower rates of success.

Why are you called St. Jude?

The founders of the St. Jude Retreats are Catholic and have chosen to honor St. Jude by giving the program and retreats his name. The Saint Jude Retreats were built from the ground up through the hard work, generosity and kindness of those who believed in our mission; to build the most effective program to help people to overcome substance abuse. There were many volunteers who helped to remodel our houses and financial supporters who kept our doors open through those first several challenging years. Often the founders went to St. Jude, the patron of hopeless causes, to ask for his help as they built the program and today they credit St. Jude for helping them to make the St. Jude Program the most effective substance abuse program nationwide.

Where does your research and program originate?

The non-profit Baldwin Research Institute, our parent organization, has been conducting research since the 1980's and continues to develop and track effective approaches to substance abuse. Visit the institute at www.baldwinresearch.com However, the effectiveness of our program is independently evaluated by outside research organizations.

Do You Have a Program for Veterans

Yes, we serve those who once fought for our country, those who we owe so much. Learn more about how our program can help them here.

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